20 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech

20 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct And Indirect Speech Examples

While using English, we use direct and indirect speeches quite often. If a sentence is expressed exactly as it came out of the mouth of the person who said it, it becomes a direct speech. However Indirect Speech (also called reported speech) refers to transmitting a sentence that someone has said. It is often used in daily language.

For example,

  • Susan told me she ate pizza yesterday. (Indirect Speech)

Susan said, “I ate pizza yesterday.”. (Direct Speech)

  • Mathilda told me she had to go out. (Indirect Speech)

Mathilda said: “I have to go out.”. (Direct Speech)

  • Julie asked if the train had left when she arrived at the ticket office. (Indirect Speech)

Julie asked: “Did the train leave?” (Direct Speech)


20 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech

1DirectShe says, “I am ill.”
IndirectShe says that she is ill.
2DirectI will study”, Mary said.
IndirectI will study”, said Mary.
3DirectShe said; “The exam is difficult.
IndirectShe said the test was difficult.
4DirectI bought a car.
IndirectHe said he bought a car.
5DirectMy parents are very well.
IndirectAlex said that his parents were very well.
6DirectPlease don’t be late.
IndirectHe asked their not to be late.
7DirectI’m living in Texas now.
IndirectHer father said that he was living in London now.
8DirectI am living in Paris.
IndirectHe said that he was living in Paris.
9DirectMy mother isn’t very well.
IndirectShe said that her mother wasn’t very well.
10DirectI need help with my work.
IndirectGeorge said “I need help with my homework.”
11DirectI was walking along the Street.
IndirectHe said he had been walking along the Street.
12DirectI haven’t seen George recently.
IndirectShe said that she hadn’t seen George recently.
13DirectI would help, but…
IndirectHe said he would help but…
14DirectI’m waiting for Michael, she said.
IndirectShe said (that) she was waiting for Michael”.
15DirectThey said, “They have taken exercise.”
IndirectThey said that they had taken exercise.
16DirectI can speak perfect Spanish.
IndirectHe said he could speak perfect Spanish.
17DirectI haven’t seen Mary.
IndirectHe said he hadn’t seen Mary.
18DirectWhat is your name? she asked me.
IndirectShe asked me what my name was.
19DirectI was sleeping when Mary called.
IndirectHe said that he had been sleeping when Mary called.
20DirectPlease help me!
IndirectHe asked me to help his.